By focusing on the nexus between trust and mis- and disinformation this policy paper reveals the effects of trust reduction in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. How can societal resilience to mis- and disinformation be promoted and trust in democratic institutions reinforced?
Israel is famous for scientific research and technological innovation. However, when it comes to science communications, Israel is behind other countries. The COVID-19 pandemic additionally exposed a confidence crisis between the public and the scientific community. How can we bolster public trust in science and effectively battle the infodemic?
Misinformation and conspiracy myths pose a huge challenge to science and science communication as well as to an effective tackling of a global health crisis. This paper takes a closer look at the German response to the pandemic with a focus on trust in science, government’s measures and the spread of conspiracy myths.
Disinformation has become a widespread phenomenon in recent years, reaching a peak in attention during the COVID-19 pandemic. Which protective mechanisms against the viral spread of misinformation are needed in Israel and around the world?
The Covid-19 pandemic has flooded global information platforms with an unprecedented amount of information. How can we increase resilience to misinformation and manipulation in response to crises, and the flood of information they engender?
The use of disinformation to influence citizens in key moments such as elections has shed light on the challenges new technologies pose to democracies. How can a multi-stakeholder approach effectively face this problem and consolidate democratic foundations?
Since 2016 there has been a sharp rise in the number of Ukranians and Georgians applying for asylum in Israel. Data collected by the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants (HRM) shows that Israeli entities, including human resource companies, are involved in this rise by spreading mis-information in the the Ukraine and Georgia about the possibility of working legally in Israel. They charge large sums of money as agents’ fees, and they may also be involved, to varying degrees, in selling fake documentation.